Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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Dallas Cowboys Post-Draft Team Guide

When the Dallas Cowboys mercifully saw their 2020 season come to an end, sweeping changes were expected. The offense, bogged down by injuries, hoped to see quarterback Dak Prescott make a triumphant return to the team after going down in the first third of the season. He will indeed be back, as will all of the key cornerstones for Dallas offensively. But Dallas’ 6-10 finish last season was about much more than the loss of a franchise quarterback—this was arguably the worst defensive performance in the history of the franchise. Dallas conceded 473 points on the year, the worst figure the team has ever allowed since 1960. Things were abysmally bad: the Cowboys conceded 34 or more points in five of their first six games to open the season and eclipsed 30 points allowed a total of eight times on the year. 

So Dallas’ investments in the 2021 NFL Draft, predictably, skewed heavily toward the defensive side of the football. The team’s first six picks were defensively slanted, but did they find the right combination to help pull Dallas’ defense out of their misery while being led by new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn? 

Let’s take a look back at their 2021 NFL Draft class:

Round 1: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.